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  1. So I stopped using bp for a week thinking Yasmin was working on it's own or I may be growing out of it...what a big mistake!! In a fews day my skin has gone mental..small raised bumps covering my entire forehead and others scattered around my face...has this happened to anyone else after they stopped long will this last...started using it again now...also what else could I do to calm down this breakout, ?? thanks xxxx
  2. So I stopped using bp for a week thinking Yasmin was working on it's own or I may be growing out of it...what a big mistake!! In a few day my skin has gone mental..small raised bumps covering my entire forehead and others scattered around my face...has this happened to anyone else after they stopped long will this last...started using it again nowalso what else could I do to calm down this breakout, ?? thanks xxxx
  3. 4 Months

    Almost 4 months of using Differin, cleansing with Cetaphil 2x a day, never using make up, and stopping my obsession of my skin.. here's what happened! My skin is renewed. I know I still have few blemishes but this is far better from where i started. I feel so thankful with the products i use. Especially, Galderma creator of differin and cetaphil products, for all their life changing innovations. This wasn't an easy journey, i had ups and downs but i powered through despite the recurring seemingly endless breakouts, with the help of people who share their own experiences on here. I am very thankful, i wasn't able to name each one of them but they all inspired me one way or another. In return, i am here to share my own experience. I am now a renewed person after my breakout experience. I learned to love my natural skin. Less is more. I no longer put any make ups except for one, lipstick! I just use the mildest cleanser, Cetaphil! I no longer obsess on my skin like I used to. I put moisturizer on which is also Cetaphil. I'm now a believer of the power of retinoids. Where as before it scares the hell out of me when reading all horror stories about it. But after I experience it myself, i can say that you have to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the roller coaster ride (redness, dryness, breakouts name it) should you use this. Because in the end, after 4 months for me, my skin became super smooth like a baby and the dark spots fade away fast. I will keep updating till i finally achieve my clear skin goal.
  4. hi, i'm wondering if there has been anyone that succeeded in stopping bp by weaning off? a lil bit of an intro, i've had mild-moderate acne since puberty. my acnes are mostly closed comedones and whiteheads (it started off from my forehead and then it went down to my cheeks). i've never gotten any cystic acne thankfully. since puberty, i have been trying many different acne products like differin, tea tree oil, antibiotics, clindamycin, manuka honey, vitamins and salicylic acid, however they don't really cleared me up (or maybe i was just very impatient). i also eat healthy - my mom is a health freak. so a year ago, i just decided to go to a chemist and buy a 5% bp, without even knowing what it is (i just looked around the skincare section and pick a random acne cream lol) it turns out bp is so effective for me. it cleared up my skin VERY fast and i do not get any scars or dark spots from it. so i kept using bp for about 1.5 years now. i've only been using it as a spot treatment though, and wash my face with cetaphil's oil-control foam. i still get 3-4 small pimples sometimes but that's alright with me. i then started to think, what if bp is preventing my skin to heal on it's own, because i've had friends who had acne but they didn't bothered to use any acne cream and their skin cleared off by itself after some time. those thoughts had me curious and so i stopped bp COLD TURKEY that day. first week - it was okay. been getting small whiteheads here and there but i dont mind cos it's not that visible second week - still getting small whiteheads but the small whiteheads from last week has vanished so that's fine third week - started to get these weird hard skin-colored closed comedones all over my jaws. i didn't mind cos i know i'm gonna get an initial breakout from stopping bp. fourth week - the closed comedones are VERY hard to clear. i tried extracting them but there's literally nothing i can extract. my face is starting to feel like sandpaper. i still think that this breakout is normal since bp does dries our skin so MAYBE our skin is producing more oil to compensate with the dryness and because i'm stopping bp, nothing is no longer drying out my skin and so my skin is probably super oily, maybe that's why i'm getting all these clogged pores that become closed comedones fifth week - Im getting all these weird pimples on my cheeks. i'm still not sure what they are until now. some of them i can identify as whiteheads, but some are pink-kish in color, and has a tiny bump but when i try to press it, it does not hurt (so i'm assuming it isn't inflamed) - it is however, VERY itchy. the whiteheads are also very itchy. I've never had such itchy pimples in my life. At this point, i was very depressed because my face has never broke out that bad and everywhere felt like sandpaper. At that point i decided to give up and apply bp back. When i apply bp to the pimples, it itches like crazy. But after 3 hours of using bp, the close comedones on my jawline dissapeared and those pink-kish colored pimples' bumps are decreasing in size. here is a pic of me before and after using bp in just 3 hours I am very amazed and scared at the same time. 1) i think my skin is too hooked to bp, it doesn't know how to heal my acnes without bp 2) i dont want to depend on bp forever - i dont like being dependent on something so my plan at the moment is to use bp again, and then slowly i'll decrease the amount of bp i use. does that sound like a good idea? has anyone had success doig that? i appreciate any advices! thank you so much!
  5. Microneedling & Dan's Regimen?

    Hey guys. This is actually my first post ever on here so cut me some slack if this is already a subject and I just couldn't find it. Anywho, I've been on Dan's regimen for just shy of 3.5 weeks now, and life has gotten so much better already. Everything has pretty much gone just as Dan had outlined on the "what to expect" timeline. I've been suffering with moderate cystic acne for about 4 years, and I wish so badly I had found this site earlier. My cysts have calmed down so significantly, and it looks like I'll be completely clear of all active acne within the next 2 weeks. I am so happy with the results thus far, but unfortunately I am now left with minor rolling scars on my cheeks. SO - is it safe to treat acne scars using a microneedling technique while on Dan's regimen? Are there any specific side effects that I may experience? (aside from the typical 2-3 days of redness and swelling, big whoop) NOTE - I will begin using the aha + glycolic acid staring in 2 days. I just want to begin my healing process as quickly as possible, but want to ensure that I am doing it correctly. Thanks!
  6. Hey y'all. I've been reading and learning from this board for a long time but decided to post for the first time. I take 60mg of Zinc L-Monomethionine a day for acne and I've been on Differin .1 for a little over a month now. I started out using Tazorac .1 but ended up switching to Differin because it was pretty irritating and the cost. I did the Taz for 2 months then switched. But I've been having pretty good results with Differin, a little bit of an initial breakout, but that's really started to clear and I've noticed my skin looks nice and fresh and I'm having less and less breakouts. The only thing is I've noticed that I've got some small flesh colored bumps on my forehead that have made an appearance. I've noticed in the past that BP was really helpful, so I'm adding it in after I wash in the morning with Cera Ve Foaming Cleanser (excellent btw). I apply a really generous amount like the regime recommends... So my question is this, is just once a day going to be enough? Or should I apply it also at night after I do my Differin? I know that Differin and BP are compatible, obviously, but it just seems like a lot to be putting on my face... I'd like to hear from people with experience with topical retinoids and BP, like specifically what worked for you/your experience? ((I really would like to just do the Differin because I honestly find it really soothing and easy to use, but I think I might need to attack it from a couple of different pathways))
  7. Hi I know this is unlikely since if you're clear of acne you're not likely to still be on this forum but... has anybody had any positive long long term results from using doxycycline with Duac? (Benzoyl peroxide) more so with adult acne acne as I hear this is FAR more stubborn. I have just been prescribed doxy, however all I'm seeing is people say acne comes back worse a few months after taking. Naturally this is putting me off taking it and I'm just thinking either exhaust every natural option or opt for roaccutane? I have mild to moderate acne btw, but very persistent
  8. Please help

    I've used before and it worked for me but I went off for about a month and I started the process again but my face looks different than the first time . It looks like I've been sunburned , is it normal to look like this? Will it go away? Someone Please help
  9. Hi, I'm a 21 year old male. Ive been using Duac Once Daily (Benzoyl Peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) for years however these are the things I'm unsure about: 1. Does it need to be stored in the fridge even after opening it? I always thought the pharmacy has to store it in a fridge and then after it's opened it can just be stored in any temperature below 25 degrees C so can be in a cupboard. 2. Should it be washed off in the morning? I usually put it on and leave it on all night and day, wash it off at night before bed and apply it again. 3. If I get spots on my nose does any Duac need to put Duac on my nose too? 4. I have bad and multiple hyperpigmentation marks, should I not use Duac/benzoyl peroxide then as I have heard it worsens and hyperpigmentation marks and makes then last longer?
  10. Hi. Im 31 and have sensitive oily skin. So 13 days ago I started a new 'mostly natural products only' regimen. It has been going well and ive noticed my acne pigmentation has definitely reduced quite a bit. Ive also been eating more healthy fats as my diet was very very low in them. Im now drinking 3 Litres of water a day, everyday, with a total of 3 tablespoons of ACV. Together there has been a big improvement since its only been 13 days. Id still get some whiteheads coming and going but now it looks like a cyst is coming through!! Im really really upset by this and keep thinking 'what am I doing wrong!?'. Here is my regimen. Morning -manuka honey 30+ (which I leave on for anywhere from 2 to 3 hours) -apple cider vinegar to tone (I dont wash it off) (1 part water 1 part ACV) -cetaphil suntivity 50+ sunscreen for oily skin (this is excellent as it also makes my skin look healthier) Evening -manuka honey (same as above) -apple cider vinegar (as above) - benzol peroxide 2.5% (im thinking of taking this out as I dont believe that I need it any more with everything else im this correct to do?) -jojoba oil (this im unsure of this as my skin is so oily after, it doesnt seem to blend into my skin although it has only been 13 days....will it get better?) So this a purging phase...will I be purging from this? Am I over doing it? Im scared that if I use just manuka honey that the spots wont go away. Please please help! Any advice will be so appreciated!
  11. Week 15 update

    No news is good news....2 weeks post antibiotic treatment and continued use of benzoyl peroxide and no new spots.
  12. Hello all, I am kind of facing a mini dilemma here. Well lets start with my appearance. I am an 18 year old black girl with acne scars and acne, and I have a few questions. I use neutrogena products, so in the morning, I wash my face with neutrogena's acne cleanser, which has .5% of salicylic acid in it. Then, I put on neutrogena's acne control lotion which has 2.5% BP ONLY on my acne. After that, I put on Neutrogena's oil free moisturizer which is basically a suncreen that is non-comedogenic. It stings my face when I put it on, but my mom says that means that its working lol. At night, I put on the retinol my doctor gave me which only has 0.025%. I have been doing this procedure for about two months and I am STILL GETTING ACNE, but not as much as before. In addition to that, when my acne goes away, it leaves a dark mark on my face! And no, I don't EVER pick my skin? Do I need to up the dosage of my products or what?
  13. Please help!

    Hi guys, newbie here little background; after going on the birth control injection a few years ago I started to break out, before that I got the occasional spot but nothing bad. I used t topical solution And cepton skin wash prescribed from doctor and it worked wonderfully. I never broke out once and always had clear skin. T Topical got discontinued so I went without for a while and then havoc struck Lately I'm breaking out alot. A lot. Whether it's the hard really sore pimples that come to nothing, clogged or Enlarged pores, whiteheads, painful spots, or hard bumps with nothing inside. I found a pharmacy selling t topical and used it with cepton again but now it No longer works. I'm trying so many things. Acnecide with benzoyl peroxide 5%, some products from the ordinary like niamicide. Along with various oils like almond or rose hip, I'm still breaking out. Ive decided to try to Stridex pads with salicyilc acid in conjunction with the Acnecide benzoyl peroxide, I also have the hibiclens wash. Lush' fresh pharmacy cleanser and clean and clear cleansing lotion along with jojoba oil. My question is what order do I use them? And will it work? Also so stopped using micellar water and night creams as I feared that's what worsened the problem. So I'm looking for a good night cream or moisturiser that can be used day and night. Was looking at Cetaphill? I'm from the uk and unsure if the moisturiser is available here. Thankyou!
  14. 1 month of using BP

    Hi! I've been using BP for a full month now and I honestly can't see much of a difference. I don't know if I'm gonna order the products and try them. I was kind of hesitant to use BP in the first place, because I believe the best thing you can do for your skin is just keep it clean and leave it alone and the BP clearly irritates my skin even now after a month. So idk, these 4 weeks hasn't given me more confidence in BP that's for sure. I'll do an update if I do decide to do anything. The products I'm using: Cleanser - Basiderm Oil Control Foam Wash Benzoyl Peroxide - Basiron 5% AC Wash Moisturizer - Basiderm Oil Control Daily Moisturizer
  15. Moderate acne but severe on chin. Is this even acne or what. Pic below. If anyone has any tips on curing this type of acne please share I am extremely desperate
  16. I've been using differin gel, along with benzoyl peroxide cream (10%), and washing my face twice a day with benzoyl peroxide exfoliator (8%) for over a year now. The results have been wild, in a good way, 98% of my acne and hyper pigmentation have cleared up, however, I now have another problem. All the medication to my face has made my skin real sensitive to the sun. I can't walk out in the sun for more then 20 mins without getting dark spots. Especially in the summer, my whole face becomes a shade darker. I use spf 70, but It doesn't really seem effective. What should I do?? Can I stop taking differin, should I cut out some of the benzoyl peroxide? Also because I apply my medication to everywhere except my nose it's a lot lighter then the rest of my face. I fr need help. what can I do to get my face back to its original tone?
  17. Hi all, So I started using the regimen about 4 days ago. I have only been applying a pea sized amount of the BP once a day, at night, as I wanted to see how I reacted. The first day after using it my skin was fine, and the second day my skin began to get a bit flaky, the third day my skin was VERY oily but also itchy and flaky. Tonight would have been my 4th night of applying the BP but I have refrained because this evening my skin has begun to get quite red. Is this normal for this early on in the treatment? and should I carry on or should I start using it every other night until the redness subsides? Also it might be good to tell you that a year or so ago I used 5% BP on my face every night for a week with NO moisturiser at all, and one morning I woke up and my skin was extremely dry and flaky and was quite red and swollen. Now I don't know if this means I'm allergic. I'm more inclined to think that this was becuase I really didn't know what I was doing at the time and my skin reacted badly as I applied to much BP too quickly without replenishing any of the moisture that the BP takes away. So people, was are your thoughts? Thanks!
  18. Merry Christmas

    Just a quick update here. Still not a whole lot to say - no new spots which probably means the antibiotics are starting to work. However, those two big spots between my mouth and nose are actually four. Four! WTF My skin is really dry though I am trying to keep it moisturised. I am no longer using BP all over my problem area because I know the antibiotics should take care of that. I still need to make an appointment for the New Year to get a dermatologist referral... So...yes, slightly better but still not great. I have not left the house in nearly a week (and only went out then because it was my son's birthday. He is 19, btw, and has lovely skin.) Hoping to see enough improvement so that I can leave my cave sometime during the holidays!
  19. Week 5 update

    So...I haven't updated in awhile. To be honest, there's not been much to tell. For the past 4 weeks, my skin has been healing from the terrible breakout I had before Christmas. I've just started my 5th week of lymecycline and this has been the treatment I've had on several occasions. My last treatment lasted 12 months (!) and my skin stayed clear for 4 months afterwards before beginning to breakout again. In the past, as soon as I started the medication, my skin stopped breaking out. This time, although it's 'mostly' stopped breaking out, I am still getting occasional spots erupting, although they do not seem to fully develop. Yesterday, I had the beginnings of three (!) tiny spots in the same area that is still red from the last breakout, just below my nose. They are small, but this area is still recovering and these have made it more red again. It's so frustrating! I used some BP on it yesterday and I think I am going to try to use it more, but gradually, so that my skin has a chance to get used to it and doesn't get completely flaky.
  20. Week 8 update

    Quick update here....On week 6 I began to get yet another spot in the same damn area so I started using BP again. I started using it very lightly to begin with because I wanted to avoid my skin getting red and flaky. It seemed to work and my skin has now adjusted to the daily use and not becoming overly dry and I haven't had another spot since. It's only been two weeks, but my skin doesn't really feel like it's "on the verge" of a breakout, like it has since I started the antibiotics. I've just started week 8, so I've got 5 more weeks to go. I'm nervous about stopping but maybe the BP will be my saviour.
  21. Week 13 update

    Last Monday I took my last antibiotic tablet. I'm still using bp every night on my problem area and I haven't had any new spots since I started doing this. From past experience, the earliest my skin has started breaking out post-antibiotic treatment has been about 10 days, so the fact that I'm 6 days in without incident is not surprising. I have gone 3-4 weeks before it started and even as long as 4 months, however, I have never been using bp when I stopped the treatment, so I am really, really hoping that this will be the difference and that this time my skin will stay clear for good.
  22. Benzoyl Peroxide - Week 4

    Hello! I've started the 4th week now using BP! I still don't see any noticeable results. My BP bottle is going to be empty soon, so I'm probably gonn stop using BP after I've used up all I have or order the products and try them. Idk See you later! Products I'm using: Cleanser - Basiderm Oil Control Foam Wash Benzoyl Peroxide - Basiron 5% AC Wash Moisturizer - Basiderm Oil Control Daily Moisturizer
  23. I currently have Paula's Choice BHA 2%, Paula's Choice AHA 5% and a Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 5%. The comedones are mainly on my cheeks where one has inflamed and become a nasty pimple. What product or combination of products should I use to get rid of the comedones asap? I'm not really after the long term because I'm pretty sure they're only there because that's the side of my face I always sleep on hence why they are only on one cheek (have been changing pillowcases every 3 days as a result). Currently have the BP sitting on my face as a spot treatment for the comdones and the one nasty pimple. It stings a little bit but it's only my first day using it. Mainly I'm just after assurance that I'm on the right track here to get rid of them because they're really starting to bother me and all I really need is assurance it will get better.
  24. I’ve been using the treatment for about 4 week, but I had to skip 2-3 days since my skin got REALLY flakey. Ever since I started using the treatment, I get these random deep spots that lasts for ages, which did not happen so frequently before. They also seem to appear at the most random places all over my cheeks, places I havent really experienced acne before. What is going on? It really demotivates me from continuing the treatment. My skin definitely looks worse than before I started using it… Side note: I haven’t been able to go up to the full amount of bp because it makes my skin dry to the point where it feels like I'm wearing a mask…
  25. Why is my face so oily??

    So I've been on Yaz for about 4 months and my cystic acne cleared up great... but ever since about the last 3 or 4 weeks i've been getting a whole bunch of little pimples that go away in about 2 days but they're still very annoying! My face has also been very oily for the last little while as well.. I also stopped using the benzoyl peroxide from the regimen about 2 weeks ago, is this the cause??? although I still use the cleanser and moisturizer. I really don't want to use benzoyl peroxide anymore as it increases aging and makes my face very red, any suggestions???